Writers, The Opening of Veins and Blood Soaked Pages

Everyone experiences melancholy, or rather everyone interesting does. When a builder experiences depression, they may only share it with a close friend, a partner o4r a doctor. When a writer feels sadness creeping over him he also tells his closest friend: the blank page. This does not make his suffering anymore important just more prominent. This can be a dangerous practice when producing work for others consumption. Pour your heart and depression across and into whatever makes you feel better the quickest but do not force that upon readers unless it has more to it than your emotions. Continue reading

What Writers Can Learn From Economics

Motivations are the key to any narrative. Get them right and readers will empathise with your character’s desires. Get them wrong and readers disengage early on. While reading Superfreakonomics, the sequel to the fantastic Freakonomics, the importance of motivations in economics struck me as a great lesson for writers. Continue reading

Why Writers and Publishes Need To Create Viral Content and Not Book Trailers

Book trailers, what are they trailing and where are readers meant to encounter? Is there a TV channel, that I don’t get, putting out book trailers between repeats of Q.I? People want interesting content not just to see but also to share. Continue reading

Why Titles Still Matter In An Ebook Age

When it comes to ideas, names can be powerful things. As a writer, ideas will pop in to your head and you will move them around but once they have a title they are yours: you owe them something. Yet, with the proliferation of eReaders, titles are seen less by readers. Rather than the constant view of the book cover, readers have their Kindle sitting on the table in front them. However, this distancing of the reader and the title of your novel does not mean you should underestimate it. Continue reading

Why Cherry Blossom Clichés Make Me Want To Scream

It’s cherry blossom season here in Japan and that means one thing: an abundance of clichés. Yes, blogs, newspapers and magazines will try to link the tired idea of cherry blossom being a new beginning, and a sad good bye, to any news story they can. Like all clichés it’s meaning has been anesthetised by overuse. Continue reading